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Pokemon’s 20th Birthday Celebrations

pikachuJust took place in Midtown Manhattan, right by Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel. This video game character took the world by a storm for years and years and today has kids equally enchanted. In the 1990s people kept trying to “catch ‘em all, ” and last weekend a team of huge Pikachu characters could be found running around the city in celebration.

Pikachus’ started their parade by the Brooklyn Bridge, moved along to Midtown Manhattan and then finished their walk at Penn Station. The crowd that came to witness this event was so large that an entire team of handlers were brought in to navigate the situation.

Of course, it was also good for business given that a new set of Pokemon-based games is due to come out later this year. In addition, the New York Nintendo store provided fun and games in recognition of two decades of Pokemon fun.

Merging the Old with the New in Manhattan

cocktailsFor those looking for custom-made cocktails in the heart of Manhattan, Lantern’s Keep is a great spot.  With its delightful ambiance, nestled in Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, this tasteful bar brings together modern Manhattan with old fashioned traditions.  Its philosophy is to figure out what techniques were used to make classic drinks survive through the ages and replicate the method.

In addition, the bar seeks to stick with what happened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – whereby American hotel bars provided the environment for bartenders to develop their craft and offer customers “luxurious libations” not available in standard bars.  Recalling this tradition, Lantern’s Keep uses top quality ingredients to develop unique concoctions prepared in classic style.

And if one is not so knowledgeable on what cocktail to order, all they have to do is choose a spirit and let the bartender surprise them!

Manhattan’s First Commuter Ferry: Water Taxi

NY-water taxiThis week sees the first commuter ferry travel on the Hudson River to Manhattan.  Far West Side residents will be able to take advantage of this new mode of transport, that, until now, has not been available to the midtowners.  In addition, tourists in the neighborhood – such as those staying at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel – can benefit from the New York Water Taxi.  These boats will transport people between the World Financial Center and West 44th Street, every quarter-of-an-hour during morning and evening commutes.

For those who catch the taxi the first week of travel mid-June, no payment is required.  From the second week on  however, a round trip will cost $8 with a discounted rate offered for frequent users.

This is the first Manhattan-to-Manhattan ferry service.

The Return of Manilow

ManilowWhen it comes to music, some artists are one hit wonders. Others manage to grab hold of their audience for a year or two, but then fade out of memory. And then, there are those that are truly timeless. They continue to captivate their audiences, even as the decades march on.

He may be pushing 70, but he still has a dreamy voice.  And indeed, while in his prime, Barry Manilow was known for being able to “make the whole world sing.” He did this in larger venues some years ago but during the last few weeks he graced the audience at 246 West 44th Street at the 1,710 seat St. James Theatre.  For those who happen to be in the area – perhaps luxuriating in Shimmie Horn’s West 44th Street Iroquois Hotel, or the Sofitel – an evening with Manilow makes a wonderful trip down Memory Lane.

As for Manilow himself, he has been reeling from the experience, commenting on the venue’s intimacy and likening it to “going to somebody’s house.”  And while the songs are just like his old ones, they are not the same as he “update[s] them so that it never sounds like an oldies show. If you come to the shows, they’re full of muscle.”  Following Broadway, Manilow intends to continue doing weekend gigs on the road as well as two new albums.

Pasta for Expensive Tastes

Pasta is usually a relatively cheap way to eat.  But it can also be surprisingly expensive.  Especially if one chooses the special pasta dish on offer at Midtown Manhattan’s BiCE restaurant, close to Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel.  Indeed, ordering one of their pasta dishes can set one back $2,013!  Apparently it is made from mixed wild mushrooms, 2 pound lobster, shaved seasonal black truffles.  It arrives on a Limited Edition Gianni Versace Bice plate, which was made specifically for Bice 7 months before the death of Gianni Versace and is signed and numbered.  The guest even gets to take it home.

Given that the place is worth a mere$350, this means the guest is still paying a staggering $1,663 for the food.  Quite pricey for a bit of pasta.

The Frick Collection

Shimmie HornFor those who want to partake in a bit of culture on their next trip to New York, they should pay a visit to the Portico Gallery.  Situated at 1 East 70th Street, close to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels including The Iroquois, The Pierre, or the Surrey Hotel, the museum and library have a lot to offer to both the tourist and veteran New Yorker. Currently on display until January 27th, is the “Frick Collection: Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery.”  This is a display of 58 pieces from a London museum and art history institute, covering the Renaissance, Baroque as well as modern periods.  Also enjoy Pontormo, Michaelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt and more.

New Year’s in New York

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Relaxing near Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel

It’s not that long until New Year’s.  The time has thus come to start planning for the festive occasion.  For those who happen to be fortunate enough to be in New York City – perhaps in the center by the Theater District at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, or the Bryant Park Hotel – the place to be when the clock strikes midnight is with a great view of the Times Square Ball dropping.

The entire area will seem like an outdoors party.  Starting at 42nd Street and spreading all the way down to Central Park, those who want to enjoy Times Square on New Year’s Eve will be able to participate in a cool party.  Enjoy the city’s lights while watching – live – the infamous drop of the New York City Times Square Waterford Crystal Ball!

For a particularly spectacular view, Sentry Center is where one needs to be.  It towers over 20 stories above all the partygoers, giving one an outstanding view of this infamous event.  Not only will one be privy to the ball dropping, they will also be able to see the tremendous crowds of people outside enjoying their experience watching the city move into 2013.

The Play Company

For those looking for a bit of culture while luxuriating at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, The Play Company is presenting a special benefit event at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for Broadway’s Glengarry Glen Ross.  This is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet, depicting parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicagoan realtors.  So desperate are they to make sales, that they will go to extraordinary unethical and illegal acts.  The name Glengarry Glen Ross comes from the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

At Angus’ Café Bistro, located on 258 West 44th Street, there will be a pre-show cocktail reception that starts at 6 15.  The Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street.

David Rimmer at the Producer’s Club

For those taking a break at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel later this month, they might want to visit the Producer’s Club located nearby at 358 West 44th Street.  On October 21, ALBUM – the new short film written and directed by David Rimmer – will be screened there at 1pm.  The poignant movie – illustrating how decisions 18-year-olds will affect the rest of their lives – is set in 1967. The couple in the movie had to choose where to escape to – Canada or Vietnam – and in the present day how they deal with their daughter who like them all those years ago, wants to run away.

The screening will definitely make for a nice Sunday afternoon activity.

Clubs with a History

Last month witnessed the re-opening of the Harvard Club on 44th Street.  Dating back to 1894, it is the oldest club on the block.  But way back then, it wasn’t the only one by far; there was the New York Yacht and Yale, to name but a few.    So for those enjoying the calm at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, looking to dance the night away, this could be the place where one can boogie on down while taking in a bit of history.  Indeed, the building was renovated a few times and during its most recent one, was subject to quite significant criticism, most notably from architect Steven W. Semes who singled it out in his book “The Future of the Past,” for having a “confrontational attitude” for putting additions on such historic buildings (along with the Brooklyn Museum and Morgan Library).  Well, for those who do happen to be in the area, they can check it out and judge for themselves!